About Us

The Misinformation, Disinformation & False News in Africa Research Project is led by Dani Madrid-Morales (The University of Sheffield) and Herman Wasserman (University of Cape Town). It compares the spread and reception of "fake news" across the continent, and investigates how it affects journalism.
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Our Projects

We have a series of cross-national comparative projects that use different research methods (surveys, interviews, focus groups, experiments). In addition to academic publications, we also share our findings with the wider public through interviews with the media, and by publishing accessible pieces online.
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Useful Resources

With research on "fake news", disinformation and misinformmation on the rise, there's a lot of excellent resources, studies and databases being made available regularly by scholars, NGOs and media houses worldwide. We keep a list of some these resources, particularly those related to African countries.
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Dani Madrid-Morales to present at ISSCO Regional Workshop: Europe and Africa

The International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO) will be holding a regional workshop on the effects of COVID-19 on the Chinese Diaspora in Europe and Africa. Assistant Professor Dani Madrid-Morales will be presenting on Kenyan and South African social media users’ engagement with disinformation about China and...

Herman Wasserman to hold lecture on Information Disorder at University of Houston

Herman Wasserman will be holding a lecture on information disorder at the Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston. The event will be both in-person and streamed online, live stream tickets are available online. The event details are as follows: Event Name: Information Disorder: Perspectives from the Global...

Who is Responsible for Stopping the Spread of Misinformation? Examining Audience Perceptions of Responsibilities and Responses in Six Sub-Saharan African Countries

Herman Wasserman and Dani Madrid-Morales co-author a new paper titled “Who is Responsible for Stopping the Spread of Misinformation? Examining Audience Perceptions of Responsibilities and Responses in Six Sub-Saharan African Countries. This paper is authored alongside Melissa Tully, Gregory Gondwe and Kiko Ireri. While research on misinformation in Africa has...

South African government’s handling of COVID-19: study shows declining trust

Some of the first South African COVID-19 vaccine trial volunteers at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, in 2020. EPA-EFE/Siphiwe Sibeko (Pool) Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town and Dani Madrid-Morales, University of Houston The public has been overwhelmed by a surge in misleading and false information during the COVID-19...

Herman Wasserman Presents on Emerging Trends and Impacts of Disinformation in Africa to UNDP

Herman Wasserman recently gave a presentation on “Emerging Trends and impacts of Disinformation in Africa” to the Oslo Governance United Nations Development Programme. The presentation provided a general overview of the issue of disinformation in the region, trends emerging from his and Dani Madrid-Morales’ research and possible interventions to counter...

Herman Wasserman to Present at Countering Vaccine Hesitancy Conference

Herman Wasserman will give a presentation on how to tackle disinformation around Covid-19 vaccines to an international meeting of Academies of Science. The conference, ‘‘Countering Vaccine Hesitancy’, is hosted by the Interacademy Partnership and will highlight how academies – as trusted and credible voices – can counter vaccine hesitancy,...